Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary, Surrey

Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary in Surrey, British Columbia is a protected wildlife area which allows visitors to use only properly built trails and lookout to watch the birds and wildlife. The Sanctuary is located on mostly marshy and grassy fields and sloughs with a large river and small ponds with views of the Cascade Mountains in the distance. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

The Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary is on located on a marshy region of Surrey with views of the surrounding mountains.

STATS

Type:

Bird Watching

Season:

All Seasons

Weather:

All Weather

Time:

2 hours

Cost:

Free

What to bring:

Camera, Binoculars, Sense of Curiosity, Hiking Boots, Bird Book

Named for the river the park is located beside and the wetland in its centre, the Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary and Wildlife Area provides a place for migrating and resident birds to rest, nest and live and a place for people to enjoy and explore. Encompassing four kilometres of trails, three lookouts and several different habitats, the Sanctuary is a popular locale throughout the year and is especially popular during the Fall and Spring Migration where thousands of birds can be spotted on their epic journeys.

Located in south-west Surrey near Mud Bay, the Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary offers a refuge for thousands of migrating birds during Spring and Fall as well as a home for many year-round residents.

The Sanctuary was created in 1973 by Ducks Unlimited Canada in cooperation with the Government of British Columbia to provide a place for birds and wildlife to rest during their migration routes. The park encompasses 71.3 hectares of land which is mostly set aside for as a bird and wildlife habitat. Over four kilometres of trails wind through the Sanctuary passing marshlands, meadows, waterways and the fen - a type of wetland which is neutral or alkaline in composition - as well, visitors can visit three wooden lookouts which provide a perfect location to spot birds above the vegetation.

The best time for bird watching is from September to October when many northern bird species travel south for the winter months. Visitors can spot Great Blue Herons, many birds of prey such as Hawks, Eagles and Falcons, Ducks, Geese and small songbirds. Several animals call the park home as well such as coyotes, seals, rabbits and muskrat.

Serpentine Fen is open year round and allows walking, wildlife viewing and nature study. Although the park is a bird sanctuary, dogs are allowed on the trails - however, they must be leashed at all times to preserve and protect the birds and animals which live in the area.

The Sanctuary provides an interesting locale with over 130 different bird species spotted in the region. Be sure to bring binoculars and to respect the trails and enjoy the region and its many inhabitants.

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The Serpentine Bird Sanctuary in Surrey, British Columbia encompasses 71.3 hectares of land with over four kilometres of trails, three lookouts and a picnic area for the public the enjoy. The grassy, treeless Sanctuary provides a place for resident and migratory birds to rest and nest.
Named for the river that flows beside it and the marshy region which is home to many birds, the Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary in Surrey, British Columbia is a popular locale offering hiking, dog walking, jogging and bird watching - especially during the Fall and Spring migrations.
The Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary in Surrey, British Columbia encompasses several kilometres of trail as well as three lookouts which take visitors above the shrubs and grasses to get a better look at the many species of wildlife which live in the Sanctuary and are perfect for bird watching.
Many different birds can be spotted at the Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary in Surrey, British Columbia. This small park with four kilometres of trails and three lookouts sees its highest bird numbers during the Fall and Spring migrations but can see year round residents such as American Coots.
Serpentine Fen Wildlife Bird Sanctuary located in Surrey, British Columbia is a sparsely treed habitat with sloughs, pond, a river, dykes, pathways and lookouts for visitors to enjoy and experience.


Location of Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary and Wildlife Area

Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary and Wildlife Area

From Highway 99, exit at King George Highway in Surrey and go North. Turn west onto 44th Avenue and drive to the parking lot at the end - the trails are located beside the picnic area.


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